Monthly Archives: May 2019

May 31

Reflection To ignore the information gained in more than 2000 years and try to live according to a blueprint of the past is not in the spirit of Jesus. Jesus gave us the example of his life and vision. It is a distinctive way of relationship rather than a static command. This is a guide for how we should act…

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May 30

Feast of the Ascension Reflection Why are you standing here looking up into the heavens? Acts 1:11 This question could easily be addressed to us.  For those who claim to follow Jesus, prayer should be visible through action. In prayer and reflection, the eyes of faith see the hope and scope of Christ’s power. Yet, his directive was, “Go into…

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May 29

Reflection Respect is essential to all the world’s religions and is universally seen as a building block to a more human and humane world. The term respect comes from the Latin word respicere, which means the willingness to look again, take a second look rather than remain stuck in a particular view. There are many who claim that we are leaking…

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May 28

Reflection The world envisions peace as the absence of war.  Jesus’ vision of shalom is far more embracing than that. The shalom of Jesus reaches into the very nature of God’s bond with creation, with our human nature and the nature of the universe.  It is a vision of a reconciled world, a world of order where there is justice, harmony, and…

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May 27

Memorial Day Reflection On this Memorial Day Grant peace to the souls Of all those soldiers who died in war. We remember the tears and grief of their families, The pain of mother, wives, husbands and children Who lost precious loved ones To build a meaningful memorial to them, We ask God to give us all the will To work…

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May 26

Reflection Those who love me will keep my word John 14:23 We might distinguish between loving Jesus and keeping his word. We might think that we can do one but not the other. Jesus’ words do not recognize that distinction.  Keeping his word means, at a minimum, loving one another, It is love in action. To consider oneself a follower…

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May 25

Reflection We do not exist for ourselves alone and it is only when we are convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also love others.  What do I mean by loving ourselves properly?  I mean, first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a very great gift and a great good, not because…

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May 24

International Strike for Climate Action Reflection It is the young who will have to face the consequences of the current environmental and climate crisis. They know it and they have been moved to action.  They do not have the power of governments or corporations but they are not afraid to speak and act in the only way they can, and…

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May 23

  Reflection One knows from daily life that one exists for other people; first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy.  A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and…

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May 22

International Day of Biological Diversity Reflection Everything that lives in an ecosystem is part of the web of life, including humans. Each species of vegetation and each creature has a place on the earth and plays a vital role in the circle of life. Plant, animal, and insect species interact and depend upon one another for what each offers, such…

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